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NDLEA arrests terrorists’ drug supplier, seizes 7.6 tons of illicit drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, says its operatives arrested 24 suspected drug traffickers and dealers across eight states.

 

A 42-year-old man was apprehended while transporting thousands of concealed opioid pills to insurgents’ enclave in Banki, Borno state.

 

Additionally, a six-month-pregnant woman and three other women were among those arrested in Anambra, Abuja, Kano, Ondo, Edo, and Lagos.

 

These were made known in a statement by the agency’s Director, Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, on Sunday.

 

The statement read, “A total of 24 suspected drug traffickers and dealers including a 42-year-old man taking thousands of concealed opioid pills to insurgents’ enclave in Banki area of Borno State, a six-month-pregnant lady, a mother of three children and three other women have been arrested in major interdiction operations by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, leading to the seizure of over 7,609Kg of assorted illicit drugs in eight states.

“The bulk of the seizures was made in Nasarawa State where NDLEA operatives acting on credible intelligence on Sunday, February 4, intercepted a truck marked Lagos JJJ 64 YC conveying 367 jumbo bags of cannabis sativa weighing 4,037Kg from Akure, Ondo state to be delivered at Shabu area of Lafia, the state capital. Three suspects: Shuaibu Yahaya Liman, 35; Monday Audu, 33, and Linus Samuel, 42 have been arrested in connection with the seizure.

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“The following day, Monday, February 5, operatives in Abuja, FCT arrested the duo of Jibrin Shuaibu, 23, and Prosper Innih, 17, with 169 bags and 80 blocks of compressed cannabis sativa weighing 1,961.5kgs concealed in a truck with registration number Ogun WDE 557 XC. The truck was intercepted during a stop-and-search operation along Abaji – Abuja highway on their way from Uzeba to Dei-Dei, FCT.

 

“In another operation by NDLEA operatives in Abuja on Tuesday February 6, a suspect, Abdulhameed Dauda, 27, was arrested with 89Kg of the same psychoactive substance loaded into his truck in Owo, Ondo state to be delivered at Gwagwalada in FCT.

 

“On the same day, operatives also intercepted another a driver, Hassan Ade, 30, transporting 696.5kg of the same substance loaded in Idoani, Ondo State to be delivered at Gwagwalada and Dei-Dei in FCT. A follow-up operation led to the arrest of a mother of three children, Joy Chukwuka, 42, linked with the consignment.”

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The statement added that apart from the seizure of 633.5kgs of cannabis at Eleyere, Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State NDLEA operatives also recovered 59 jumbo bags of the same substance loaded in a truck marked GAD 287 XA heading to Northern part of the country.

 

It said detergents were sprayed on the cannabis bags to suppress the odour of the psychoactive weed, while 192 packs of table water were loaded on top to conceal the illicit consignment.

 

The statement added, “Not less than 187kgs of same substance were seized by operatives at Sapele road, Benin, Edo state while in Kano, NDLEA officers on Monday, February 5, arrested 58-year-old Bashir Attahir in Bachirawa area of the state with 216,000 pills of tramadol 250mg. Another suspect, Ejike Moses Nmenme, 47, was nabbed the following day Tuesday, February 6 with 25,190 capsules of tramadol and different quantities of Rohypnol and codeine syrup along Emir Road, Sabon Gari area of the city while the duo of Yusuf Abdullahi Musa, 35, and Yusuf Musa, 28, were nabbed at Gadar Tamburawa, with 1,000 ampoules of tramadol injection on Thursday 8th February.

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“In Borno state, a 42-year-old suspected supplier of illicit drugs to insurgents in Banki, a border region between Nigeria and Cameroon, Ahmad Mohammed was arrested by NDLEA operatives on Friday 9th February at Bama checkpoint. When his luggage was searched 20,000 capsules of tramadol were recovered from him while on his way to deliver the opioid consignment in the border town.

 

“In Lagos, two ladies: Boluwatife Adebayo and Omolade Fola Adebayo were among suspects arrested during raids in parts of the state on Saturday 10th February. While Ogah Sunday Adole and Boluwatife Adebayo were arrested at Agidingbi, Ikeja, in connection with 220grams of cannabis, 10.6 litres of codeine syrup, and other psychotropic substances, Omolade Fola Adebayo was nabbed at Ijesha with various quantities of cannabis, codeine syrup, Rohypnol and molly.”

 

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Good morning! Here Are Some Major News Headlines In The Newspapers Today: No going back on N250,000 minimum wage, TUC insists

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1. President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Festus Osifo, has written off criticisms that the struggle for a new national minimum wage may have waned. Osifo said the Federal Government is still having conversations with all relevant stakeholders cutting across the Nigerian Governors Forum, Local Government Administrators, as well as the Organised Private Sector and Labour Unions.

 

2. As part of his administration’s determination to end the internecine farmers-herders conflict, as well as restructure livestock farming, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has created the Federal Ministry of Livestock Development. Tinubu also inaugurated the Renewed Hope Livestock Reform Implementation Committee.

 

3. Justice Kehinde Ogundare of the Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of $16.5 million and N127 million fraudulently diverted from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to the Federal Government. Justice Ogundare gave the judgment on Tuesday while granting an application for such orders filed and moved by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

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4. The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, on Tuesday, called on governors in the North to fight against electricity assets vandalisation. This is coming on the heels of the recurring vandalisation of transmission towers in the North East.

 

5. The Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina State, Prof. Armaya’u Bichi, has alleged that some of the university’s staff are serving as informants to bandits. Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, Bichi said the contacts of suspected staff had been given to a security agency for further investigation.

 

6. The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked the federal government to suspend implementation of the Samoa Agreement which has sparked arguments in the last few days. The House also resolved to scrutinise the agreement signed by the federal government on June 28, 2024, to ascertain if there are contentious clauses therein.

 

7. As part of efforts to address the food crisis in the country, the Federal Government is sending 60 trucks of fertiliser to each of the states of the federation. Each of the 109 senators will also receive two trucks of fertiliser for distribution to farmers in their constituents, while the 360 members of the House of Representatives will get one truck each to distribute in their constituencies.

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8. A drug baron on the wanted list of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, identified as Joachin Mbonu, has been arrested. Mbonu was arrested by operatives of the NDLEA in his village mansion in Imo State on July 5. A statement on Tuesday by the agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, said Mbonu was arrested along with his associate.

 

9. Six yet-to-be-identified persons have been killed in a multiple fatal road crash that occurred by Green Energy Oil and Gas Station by Eke Awgbu, along the Agulu-Awgbu Road in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State. It was gathered that the crash, which occurred at about 10 am on Tuesday, involved about 11 persons and three vehicles, including a motorcycle.

 

10. The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, staged a protest on Tuesday, calling for the immediate dismissal of the Ministers of Education and Labour and Productivity. They accused the ministers of failing to address their grievances despite multiple promises.

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How fake info led to protest, death in Ibadan food company – Police

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The police command in Oyo state says one person died on Monday in a protest by workers of Sumal Food Company in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

Workers of the company located at the Oluyole industrial estate in Ibadan were said to have staged a protest to demand a welfare package.

 

The protest, however, turned violent, leading to the death of an unnamed person.

 

But Adewale Osifeso, spokesman of the police command, said in a statement on Tuesday that the workers staged the protest to challenge the non-distribution of palliatives allegedly given by the federal government to all private companies across the country.

 

In August 2023, the federal government announced N5 billion palliative for each state and the federal capital territory (FCT) to cushion the impact of the removal of the petrol subsidy.

 

In February, President Bola Tinubu directed the release of 42,000 metric tons of assorted food items from the strategic reserve as a short-term response to the rising food shortage in the country.

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There is no official record of the federal government giving palliatives to private companies.

 

Osifeso said the protest was “hijacked by criminal elements” who forced their way into the factory, destroying vehicles and other properties worth millions of naira.

 

“One person died and 12 suspects were arrested in connection with the violent protest,’’ the statement reads.

 

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the protest was premised on false information created and peddled by some workers over the disbursement of palliatives to privately-owned companies.”

 

Osifeso said normalcy has returned to the area following the deployment of police operatives to maintain peace.

 

He also said Ayodele Sonubi, the state commissioner of police, has ordered the transfer of the matter to the homicide unit of the criminal investigations department for further investigation.

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Cholera: WHO to the rescue as outbreak hits Kirikiri Prison in Lagos

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The Lagos State has said it is receiving additional support from the World Health Organisation (WHO), as it now battles an outbreak of Cholera at the Kirikiri prison.

 

A statement released by the Director, Public Affairs, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Sunday, quoted the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, as saying an outbreak of 25 cases of severe gastroenteritis caused by Cholera occurred at Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, adding that urgent medical and environmental intervention measures have been implemented with success.

 

“We were able to supply Kirikiri medium prison with intravenous fluids, infection prevention and other health consumables. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 10,000 doses of pharmaceuticals which have been delivered to the prison to support prison health facilities with prevention strategies for about 3,200 inmates if required. Immediate water and sanitation issues have been corrected and there are ongoing inspections of other correctional facilities in the State ” the Commissioner said.

 

This is as the Lagos State Government has announced a significant improvement in daily Cholera cases from the spike reported two weeks ago, however, acknowledged evidence of ongoing low-grade community transmission, because few cases are still presenting to hospitals across the state.

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Abayomi while providing further updates on the cholera outbreak following the “One Health” Inter-governmental agency strategic meeting held over the weekend, revealed that although no new cholera-related deaths have been reported in the last 72 hours, the government was intensifying countermeasures to completely eliminate transmission.

 

Professor Abayomi noted that the reduction in new daily cases and the absence of new deaths, indicated interventions are bearing dividends, however, more importantly, residents are adhering to public health information and advice on safety measures and the need for early presentation to health facilities when symptoms develop.

 

Addressing the source of the original outbreak two weeks ago, Prof. Abayomi disclosed that it has been traced to unregulated street beverages and contaminated water supply.

 

He explained that many of the samples taken from popular street beverages purchased by undercover environmental officers from the Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), and the Ministry of Health in the affected areas, confirmed the presence of vibrio cholera bacteria, which is the cause of Cholera.

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“All of the containers had no NAFDAC accreditation numbers, indicating they are small cottage backyard informal production units. Identifying the precise location of manufacture has proven difficult and the directorate of environmental health is planning to seal any such unregulated manufacture and make arrests of anybody involved with the manufacture or distribution of beverages without NAFDAC numbers”, Abayomi said.

 

He noted that the state government through its interagency “One Health” approach is enforcing environmental health countermeasures, in collaboration with Lagos Water Corporation and sanitation agencies (LAWMA and LASWAMO) to ensure; widespread sanitation activities, inspection and disinfection of boreholes, supplying of potable water to affected local governments, and enforcement and stricter regulations on local beverage manufacturers.

 

“Henceforth and as approved by Mr Governor, a higher sanitary and regulatory standard of eateries, food handlers, beverage manufacturers and groundwater will be implemented and enforced to curb the burden of food and water-borne diseases in Lagos,” he added.

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The commissioner emphasised the need for continued vigilance and adherence to public health precautionary measures, and in addition to government interventions, he implored the public to also take personal responsibility for consuming safe water, food and beverages, ensuring good personal hygiene, starting oral rehydration therapy and presenting immediately to hospitals if symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting develop.

 

He noted that treatment of suspected Cholera remains free of charge in all government hospitals.

 

Prof. Abayomi indicated that there was no need for the public to panic and expressed optimism that with continued collaboration, vigilance, and commitment from all stakeholders, the state is taking decisive actions, to effectively combat and control the spread of cholera, safeguarding the health and well-being of its residents.

 

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